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College of Engineering

College of Engineering

For more than 125 years, the College of Engineering has been providing exceptional learning, training and research experiences to students from Idaho and around the world.

At Idaho, we have one of the leading engineering programs in the Northwest. Our Senior Capstone Program has been named one of the top 10 in the nation. Our focus is on teaching the fundamentals of engineering and providing hands-on design and research opportunities. We have world-class facilities and professors who are eager to work with students on a wide range of cutting edge research. Our faculty and staff are dedicated to our students' success.


  • #29

    Best Graduate Biological/Agricultural Engineering Programs

    U.S News & World Report, 2018

  • The National Academy of Engineering has recognized the University of Idaho’s College of Engineering’s capstone design program as one of the best in the nation.


Degree Programs:

Undergraduate degree programs:

  • Biological Engineering (B.S.)

  • Chemical Engineering (B.S.)

  • Civil Engineering (B.S.)

  • Computer Engineering (B.S.)

  • Computer Science (B.S.)

  • Electrical Engineering (B.S.)

  • Industrial Technology (B.S.)

  • Materials Science and Engineering (B.S.)

  • Mechanical Engineering (B.S.)

Graduate and Ph. D.

  • Biological Engineering (M.Engr., M.S., Ph.D.)

  • Chemical Engineering (M.Engr., M.S., Ph.D.)

  • Civil Engineering (M.Engr., M.S., Ph.D.)

  • Computer Engineering (M.Engr., M.S., Ph.D.)

  • Computer Science (M.S., Ph.D.)

  • Electrical Engineering (M.Engr., M.S., Ph.D.)

  • Engineering Management (M.Engr.)

  • Materials Science and Engineering (M.S., Ph.D.)

  • Mechanical Engineering (M.Engr., M.S., Ph.D.)

  • Nuclear Engineering (M.Engr., M.S., Ph.D.)

  • Technology Management (M.S.)

Hands-On Learning

UI Clean Snowmobile Challenge

The University of Idaho Clean Snowmobile Team is comprised of both undergraduate and graduate students. We design, build, and test a snowmobile then compete with it at the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Clean Snowmobile Challenge. The object of the challenge is to reduce emissions and quiet the snowmobile while maintaining reliability and performance. The team has taken first place at this competition in 2002, 2003, and 2007.

The SAE International Clean Snowmobile Challenge (CSC) is an engineering design competition for college and university student members that challenges engineering students to reengineer an existing snowmobile to reduce emissions and noise. Their modified snowmobiles will compete in a variety of events including emissions, noise, fuel economy/endurance, acceleration, handling, static display, cold start and design.

The CSC Rules Committee makes changes to the competition each year to keep the competition fresh and to present new engineering challenges. The CSC is primarily an "engine" competition however the underlying theme has remained consistent-- to engineer a clean and quiet trail sled. Current trail sleds are engineered to these standards, but it is possible to achieve more. Noise levels can be reduced and cleaner fuels can lead to lower emissions.

The intent of the competition is to develop a snowmobile that is acceptable for use in environmentally sensitive areas such as our National Parks or other pristine areas. The modified snowmobiles are expected to be quiet and emit significantly less unburned hydrocarbons and carbon monoxide than current production snowmobiles without significantly increasing oxides of nitrogen emissions. The modified snowmobiles are also expected to be cost-effective and comfortable for the operator to drive.

National Concrete Canoe Competition

The members of the UI chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) compete each year in the National Concrete Canoe Competition. Students design and construct a canoe from concrete and then transport it to the regional conference where it undergoes a series of tests including a canoe race against other regional schools. UI ASCE members also participate in the National Student Steel Bridge Competition, surveying, technical paper competitions, and much more.